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Ava Ryan

GARDENS PROJECT MANAGER
NORTH COAST OPPORTUNITIES

Ava’s passion for buying local and eating well stems from her parents who are long time food coop members and farmers market supporters. As a result, Ava got involved in the local food movement in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY at an early age, and later went on to study sustainable agriculture at Cornell University. She has since worked on research and production farms, managed community gardens and used gardens in educational settings both internationally and in Sonoma County. Ava joined the Gardens Project team in the Fall of 2015 as Lake County’s Community Garden Coordinator, and will be working with residents to establish new gardens throughout the county in the hopes of providing access to fresh, healthy, inexpensive produce.



Sarah Marshall

MENDOCINO COUNTY
AMERICORPS VISTA MEMBER

Sarah’s love for sustainable foods stems from a lifetime of gardening in the Great Lake State of Michigan. Her love for food and community engagement has driven her across the globe from the Golden Temple community kitchen in Amritsar, India to vineyards in Colchagua Valley, Chile and most recently to a sustainable development conservation in the Peruvian rainforest. As a recent graduate of the University of Michigan in Global Health and Sustainable Food Systems, she is excited to put her knowledge into action in growing access to fresh, real food throughout Mendocino County.


Taylor Jamison

LAKE COUNTY
AMERICORPS VISTA MEMBER

Taylor’s love for local and sustainable foods stem from a childhood spent playing in her backyard garden in Spokane, Washington. She has engaged in agriculture throughout the U.S. from volunteering with a goat farm in southern Minnesota to working on a farm in her hometown this past summer to provide organic produce to her community. During her time at college at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin she spent much of her time in the student run garden growing and harvesting vegetables. She is excited to work with the Lake County community to grow access to fresh food!

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